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UNC Global - IS SS
31 05, 2019

SEVIS fee increase effective June 24, 2019


On May 23, 2019, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule to adjust fees charged by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to international students, exchange visitors and SEVP-certified schools.

The new I-901 SEVIS Fee amounts are as follows:

F-1 students: $350.00
J-1 Exchange Visitors: $220.00

This change will become effective […]

29 01, 2019

Routine Visa Services Suspended in Caracas


The U.S. Embassy in Caracas has suspended routine visa services due to the ordered departure of non-emergency personnel. Please follow the U.S. Embassy in Venezuela’s Twitter feed for the most up-to-date information on visa operations. 

6 11, 2018

University offices closed Tuesday, November 6th


Due to a water main break in Chapel Hill/Carrboro, the University offices are closed today, Tuesday, November 6th. Please check Alert Carolina for more updates on the status of University operations.

13 09, 2018

SEVP Guidance for Students in the path of Hurricane Florence


With the potential impact of Hurricane Florence on the southeast United States, below are reminders for Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified schools, and F-1 and M-1 nonimmigrant students.

If living off campus, F and M international students and their accompanying dependents (if any) should follow the instructions of state, local and tribal officials, […]

12 09, 2018

ISSS office closed 9/13-9/16


Due to the expected impact of Hurricane Florence, our office and all non-essential UNC-Chapel Hill offices and facilities will be closed from 5 pm Wednesday, Sept. 12 through Sunday, Sept. 16.  We hope to re-open at 9:00 am on Monday, September 17th  .  International student and scholar advisers will check the general ISSS email […]

13 08, 2018

New Policy Memo from USCIS: Accrual of Unlawful Presence by F and M Nonimmigrants


On May 10, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted a policy memorandum, “Accrual of Unlawful Presence and F, J, and M Nonimmigrants,” changing how the agency will calculate unlawful presence for students and exchange visitors in F, J, and M nonimmigrant status, including F-2, J-2, or M-2 dependents, who fail to maintain […]

20 03, 2018

Reports of IRS and USCIS Phone scams


Beware of fake phone calls from those posing as government agents. There are widespread reports of phone scams by con artists making requests for payment through gift cards and wire transfers. These scammers often threaten deportation if payment is refused. The IRS will never telephone to ask for money. Please review advice on the […]

20 03, 2018

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syria


Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Syria has been extended by the Department of Homeland Security for an additional 18 months through September 30, 2019. Information on how to re-register for TPS for Syria (deadline is May 4, 2018) and employment authorization details are available at https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-protected-status/temporary-protected-status-designated-country-syria.

30 01, 2018

Customs and Border Protection to Send Notification of Status End Date to ESTA Visitors


U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will now have two ways for Visa Waiver Program travelers to check the status of their stay.  There will be a new feature added to the I-94 website under the “View Compliance” tab, which will allow travelers on the Visa Waiver program to check the number of days […]

16 01, 2018

Court Orders DACA Recipients May Now Request Renewals


USCIS has resumed accepting applications to renew DACA requests. Please find more information on the website for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).